SEC Football Preview: Vanderbilt at Northern Illinois

Vanderbilt-NIU Football Game Preview

Vanderbilt faces Northern Illinois on Saturday in DeKalb, IL. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

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Team Schedules/Results

Vanderbilt

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
08/27 Hawaii W 63-10 Away
09/03 Elon W 42-31 Home
09/10 Wake Forest L 25-45 Home
09/17 N Illinois 3:30 pm Away
09/24 Alabama 12:00 pm Away
10/08 Mississippi 8:00 pm Home
10/15 Georgia 8:00 pm Away
10/22 Missouri 8:00 pm Away
11/05 S Carolina 1:00 pm Home
11/12 Kentucky 12:00 pm Away
11/19 Florida 12:00 pm Home
11/26 Tennessee 12:00 pm Home

Northern Illinois

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/01 E Illinois W 34-27 Home
09/10 Tulsa L 35-38 Away
09/17 Vanderbilt 3:30 pm Home
09/24 Kentucky 12:00 pm Away
10/01 Ball State 12:00 pm Away
10/08 Toledo 3:30 pm Home
10/15 E Michigan 8:00 pm Away
10/22 Ohio 8:00 pm Away
11/02 Central Mich 7:00 pm Home
11/09 W Michigan 7:00 pm Away
11/16 Miami (OH) 12:00 pm Home
11/26 Akron 12:00 pm Home

College Football Ratings

Rating Vanderbilt Northern Illinois
ESPN FPI 88 114
Sagarin 98 95
Massey Composite 94 98
PiRate Ratings 96 71

Key Stats

Stat (per game) Vanderbilt Northern Illinois
Total Offense 439.7 382.0
Rushing Offense 232.0 156.5
Passing Offense 207.7 225.5
Team Passing Eff. 152.69 152.99
Scoring Offense 43.3 34.5
Total Defense 434.7 435.0
Rushing Defense 137.0 136.0
Pass Yards Allowed 297.7 299.0
Team Pass Eff. Def. 138.63 166.2
Scoring Defense 28.7 32.5
Turnover Margin -0.3 1.5
3rd Down Conv. Pct 0.324 0.520
4th Down Conv. Pct 0.286 0.000
3rd Down Conv. % Def. 0.302 0.560
4th Down Conv. % Def. 0.125 0.500
Red Zone Offense 1.000 1.000
Red Zone Defense 0.700 1.000
Net Punting 41.07 37.3
Punt Returns 1.0 3.5
Kickoff Returns 20.0 15.9
First Downs Offense 56 38
First Downs Defense 64 48
Fewest Penalties/Game 5.0 8.0
Fewest Penalty Yards/Game 45.7 78.5

Players to Watch

Vanderbilt

QB Mike Wright, TE Ben Bresnahan, LB Anfernee Orji, DL Nate Clifton, OL Bradley Ashmore, DB Jaylen Mahoney, P Matthew Hayball, LS Wesley Schelling.

Northern Illinois

QB Rocky Lombardi, RB Antario Brown, WR Cole Tucker, WR Kacper Rutkiewicz, K John Richardson, LB Izayah Green-May, DL Michael Kennedy.

Injuries

Vanderbilt

[OL] 08/27/2022 – Brayden Bapst is “?” (Undisclosed)
[DL] 08/27/2022 – Daevion Davis is “?” (Knee)
[LB] 08/26/2022 – Miles Capers is out for season (Knee)
[DL] 08/27/2022 – Devin Lee is “?” (Undisclosed)

Northern Illinois

[WR] 08/13/2022 – Trayvon Rudolph is out for season (Undisclosed)

Source: statfox.com

Vanderbilt vs. Northern Illinois Football Series History

Vanderbilt leads 4-0

Comments

The Commodores look to regroup after suffering their first loss of the season against Wake Forest last weekend. That game produced a Mike Wright or AJ Swann quarterback controversy at Vandy. I believe Vandy is a lot better than they looked on Saturday. That game was a mess and should be forgotten. Regardless of which QB plays the most, the Commodores prevail on the road.

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Vanderbilt 40, N Illinois 34

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Vanderbilt 34, Northern Illinois 24

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 2:30 PM CT (3:30 PM ET. You can watch this SEC football game on the CBSSN Network.

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